Financial Assistance

Ag Action Manitoba Program

Assurance: Watershed Ecological Goods and Services

The Assurance: Watershed Ecological Goods and Services grant helps watershed districts to work with farmers to implement sustainable environmental practices.
Who can apply?
Watershed districts are eligible to apply.
When are the application deadlines?
Closed. Applications are not being received at this time.
What do we fund?
Eligible projects include activities related to:
  • water retention and runoff management
  • wetland restoration and enhancement
  • soil health improvement
  • riparian area enhancement
  • natural upland area rejuvenation and enhancement
  • land rehabilitation
  • tree plantings and woodlot management 
How much may we fund?
Watershed districts can be reimbursed for up to 100 per cent of total approved costs with a $100,000 maximum funding cap per application and a $300,000 funding cap per watershed per year.
Making an Application:

 Additional Information:

  • Once a decision on an application has been made, the applicant will receive a notification letter on the status of their project.
  • Applications will be assessed and rated by technical reviewers based on:
    • Program Activity Objectives and Priorities -  Activities should address environmental objectives to reduce the impact of agricultural activities on the environment and increase the delivery of EGS from agricultural landscapes. These include:
      • reduce impacts of flooding and drought
      • reduce the risk of nutrient loss to water
      • potential to mitigate and adapt to climate change
      • potential to increase level of carbon stored in the soil
      • potential to improve biodiversity and wildlife habitat
    • Proposal Integrity - Proposals are scored based on their ability to clearly show the integrity of the projects' intent and design. Specifically, that:
      • the proposal intent is properly described and it fully explains the environmental benefit.
      • addresses the goals and actions identified within in local Integrated Watershed Management Plans (IWMP's) or other relevant watershed plans. 
      • the application has adequate design, including well defined locations and steps, and realistic completion timelines. 
      • the budget is realistic and specific.  
  • Successful applicants may be required to enter into a funding or contribution agreement with the Manitoba government before any funding is provided. The agreement lists the rights and responsibilities of all parties with respect to government funding.  
  • Submitted invoices must be from applicants to be eligible for funding.
  • Reports and itemized receipts or other acceptable proof of payments will be required to make a claim.
  • Payment will be issued according to the schedule stated in the contribution agreement and upon meeting all of the reporting requirements.
  • An audit inspection of final work may occur before or after payment is issued.
Manitoba Agriculture
CAP-Ag Action Manitoba
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